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One of the most terrifying car accidents is a rollover. In fact, almost 10,000 people die from rollovers every year. Some vehicles, especially SUVs, have improved to help prevent the number of rollovers. Driver error still accounts for most rollovers. Preventing a rollover requires a driver to remain alert and drive cautiously.
Driver Safety On How to Prevent A Rollover
Keep a check on tire pressure. If your tire becomes over or under-inflated, you may be setting yourself up for a rollover. Visit your local vehicle service dealership to get this tested and/or invest in a tire gauge and check tire pressure at least once per week. Gauges only cost a few dollars and can help save your life.
Speeding Never Helped Anyone
Driving fast may seem like a good idea at a time, but the faster you drive, the less control you have over your vehicle. Something as simple as a curve or changing lanes could cause you to roll your vehicle. There is a reason a speed limit is set. This is the safe driving speed and should be obeyed.
Watch What You Haul
When hauling anything, pay careful attention to weight and how the load is positioned. The heavier your load, the slower you can respond to unexpected situations. The faster you maneuver, the more you load can shift which results in a rollover. Also, a badly positioned load could shift, no matter how careful you are. Your load should be carefully positioned to distribute weight and prevent movement as you drive.
Be Aware of Road Conditions
Pay attention to weather. Rain, snow, ice, and wind can all create road conditions perfect for a rollover. Know how the weather will be where you are driving and take the appropriate precautions. Precautions may include driving slower, taking a different route, or staying off the roads altogether. Do whatever you need to do to stay safe.
Take extra care when driving on country roads. There are hazards such as animals and sharp curves. Also, the speed limit is usually higher than on city roads. Taking a curve too fast or swerving to avoid an animal could very well result in a rollover. Keep your eyes open for obstacles and slow down for curves.
Never Jerk the Wheel
Swerving to avoid a car, animal, or another obstacle may make you want to jerk the steering wheel. Jerking the wheel too suddenly may cause your vehicle to roll. Also, if you run off the side of the road, gently maneuver back onto the road without panicking and jerking the steering wheel. Sudden steering changes are the cause of many rollovers and could be prevented by staying calm and in control of the vehicle. Steer firmly and as slowly as possible to avoid rollovers.
Following the tips above will help prevent many of the rollovers that occur each year. Obviously, some things are out of our control but drive safely to prevent all the rollovers you can.